My dad is a great guy. He is extremely mid mannered, slow to anger, and stays true to himself and everyone around him. I love my mom, too, but she is a bit on the fussy side. My dad is the ” yes, dear” cheery husband. I and my two sisters try to celebrate milestone birthdays for everyone in our immediate family. This year, my mom and dad turned 60. My first cake was in May 2014 for my mom’s birthday: a 3D Tiffany lamp. Although I can do it a lot better now, it was a roaring success!

With no formal training, I embarked on my cake decorating journey, picking up tips here and there from Google and Youtube. I have some Craftsy classes to help me with my execution of things. In these last few months, I have been amazed how cake, icing, and other confectionery treats behave. In July 2014, I created my first business, Kayotic Konfections. The most recent cake I made is for my father’s 60th birthday, October, 2014. When I called to ask my mom what he likes, she said she didn’t know. Really?! After 40 years of marriage, you don’t know?! I had to laugh at that! She at least told what cake he wanted: coconut.

A couple of days later, I was driving to an appointment, flipping thru the “idea book” in my head (and it is MASSIVE. And the book is too). What popped up had me in stitches…an Afro Cake! I wanted to make it 3D, so I went to Hobby Lobby and got a male foam head and some non-toxic gold craft paint. I painted the head, cut the back and top off, and glued cake boards to the exposed Styrofoam. I made three six in rounds and two eight inch rounds for cakes, made an afro pic out of gum paste and fondant, and covered in chocolate fondant. I airbrushed the hair and pic black.